Bipolar II: Enhance Your Highs, Boost Your Creativity, and Escape the Cycles of Recurrent Depression--The Essential Guide to Recognize and Treat the Mood Swings of This Increasingly Common Disorder

The psychiatrist whose pioneering bestseller Moodswing introduced lithium as the treatment for bipolarity now focuses on the milder form of the disease, and the result is another landmark work—one that can help millions with Bipolar II to live better lives. Thirty years ago, Dr. Ronald Fieve pioneered the use of lithium for what was then known as "manic depression." His book Moodswing was a runaway hit, published in seven countries. Since then, Dr. Fieve has focused on patients with mild bipolarity—what is now known as Bipolar II. He has discovered that Bipolar II patients are—almost across the board—driven, successful, high-achieving individuals who, with the right treatment, can actually turn their illness into an asset. In this first book to concentrate exclusively on milder bipolarity, Dr. Fieve explains how newer drugs with fewer side effects are revolutionizing the treatment of Bipolar II. Some people with mild bipolarity may not require drugs at all—just a specific lifestyle program, which Dr. Fieve spells out in this book. In the past, many patients with the illness have resisted treatment because they did not want to give up the euphoria of the "highs." But left untreated, the condition’s lows can be devastating—sometimes resulting in suicide. Here, Dr. Fieve reveals his remarkably successful treatment program (with results supported by thousands of patient histories) that allows patients to keep the highs while minimizing the lows. And he explains how his program can help turn the illness into a positive and patients into what he calls "bipolar beneficials."

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By Carina (Columbus, OH) · ★★☆☆☆ · July 14, 2008
I didn't find this book particularly helpful. It covers the basics about bipolar disorder but doesn't really say much about how to do what it promises to tell you how to do. ...more
By John (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · August 07, 2011
There was a lot of unnecessary information and a lot of good information as well - especially for someone who does not know much about mood disorders. I'd recommend skimming pages and looking for information that is relevant to you and read those sections. The chapter on medications and the last... ...more
By Tami (Calgary, Canada) · ★★★★☆ · April 15, 2008
or family, friends, and those that suffer from one of the various forms of mood disorder, sometimes finding informational resources is almost as challenging as dealing with the condition itself. Most books as well as our health care workers tend to talk above us. We tend to leave the experience f... ...more
By Shaunee (Carlsbad, CA) · ★★★☆☆ · October 27, 2011
Full of great info, but I already knew a lot of it. Would have liked some more concrete how-to advice. Great and required reading for anyone with or living with someone with Bipolar II. ...more
By Mariah (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · June 17, 2009
Having bipolar II doesn't have to be all bad- as this psychiatrist points out, if carefully monitored, hypomania can be used to a person's great advantage ...more
By Carter (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · April 25, 2008
A touch too self-helpy for my taste, but well-written & full of good information. ...more
By heidi (Auburn Hills, MI) · ★★★★★ · February 26, 2013
So far it's been mostly informational with dsm criteria etc. ...more